Sir Terry Farrell-designed masterplan to transform Convoys Wharf submitted for planning permission

A new Sir Terry Farrell-designed masterplan to transform Convoys Wharf on the River Thames has been submitted for planning permission.

The developer Hutchison Whampoa Property said it was planning to invest over £1bn into the site, opposite Canary Wharf, with aim of transforming the derelict and inaccessible site into a mixed use development.

The Sir Terry Farrell-designed masterplan comprises 3,500 new homes of which over 500 will be affordable, as well as three new public parks totalling 3 acres, 120,000ft2 of shops, restaurants and cafes and 100,000ft2 of space for artistic and cultural usage.

It will link to and enhance the existing Deptford High Street and historic town centre.

Sir Terry Farrell said: “Convoys Wharf represents an important opportunity to regenerate this site in South East London that has been derelict and inaccessible for many years.

“This part of Deptford has an incredible history, more so than any project I have worked on in my career, and we feel we have a scheme that strikes the right balance between respecting and celebrating the cultural heritage and providing much needed new homes and jobs.

“It will reconnect local communities to almost 50% of the borough’s river frontage whilst providing London’s first public park that is open to the river.”

The Convoys Wharf site has been earmarked for redevelopment by Lewisham council, with former owners News International initially commissioning the Richard Rogers Partnership to design a masterplan for the site, which was granted a ‘resolution to grant’ planning permission in 2005.

New owners Hutchison Whampoa then commissioned Sir Terry Farrell architects to develop a new masterplan in early 2012.